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Oldest Copy of Ten Commandments Goes on Display

But only for 2 weeks, in Israel
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2015 1:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments believed to be the oldest in existence is going on display at a Jerusalem museum, reports the Jewish Press. This particular version showed up in one of the Dead Sea scrolls, and it's so fragile that it will be allowed to see the light of day for only two weeks before going back into dark storage, reports AP. "When you are thinking about universal law, the universal principle of ethics ... this is the first law that comes to your mind," says the exhibit curator at the Israel Museum.

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The "Brief History of Humankind" exhibit focuses on just 14 objects. Also making the cut: a 9,000-year-old sickle, tools from an elephant hunt that took place 1.5 million years ago, the remains of a bonfire from 800,000 years ago, and a handwritten manuscript about Einstein's theory of relativity. (Read more Ten Commandments stories.)

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